Frozen Four's Finest Round 3:
'87 North Dakota vs. '93 Maine
Which team is the greatest in the history of the Frozen Four? We're giving you a chance to help decide.
Each weekday through Oct. 3, we'll present you with a matchup from our bracket. You decide which team moves on to the next round. After the final matchup on Oct. 3, we'll have your choice for the greatest team in the history of the Frozen Four.
The 1987 North Dakota squad won an NCAA-record 40 games en route to the national title.
Coach Gino Gasparini’s team won 24 of its final 26 games, including a 5-3 victory against Michigan State in the championship game.
Tony Hrkac had perhaps the greatest individual season in NCAA history with a record 116 points (46 goals and 70 assists), a mark which still stands. He was so dominant that the team came to be known as the "Hrkac Circus."
Bob Joyce was also an offensive juggernaut; he scored a school-record 52 goals. Defensively, Ian Kidd had earned All-America honors and a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Freshman phenom Ed Belfour compiled a 19-3 record between the pipes before embarking on what would turn into a 13-year NHL career and ultimately a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The 1993 Black Bears finished the season with a 42-1-2 record after coming from behind to beat Lake Superior State in the national championship game 5-4.
Offensively, Maine was led by freshman phenom Paul Kariya, who would win the Hobey Baker Award after scoring 100 points on 25 goals and 75 assists.
Kariya was joined on that juggernaut by senior sensation Jim Montgomery, who finished his career with 301 points on 103 goals and 198 assists.
Defensively, Maine had a stellar goaltending duo of Garth Snow and Mike Dunham, both of whom had lengthy NHL careers.
The Black Bears, coached by Shawn Walsh, won the Hockey East regular-season and tournament crowns.
The only loss of the year came in overtime, 7-6 at the hands of Boston U., but Maine was 4-1 against the Terriers that year.
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